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Response in Time of Tragedy

crossandgun1While the Poverty Initiative blog usually hosts information all about poverty all the time, I thought it was important to use every means of communication available to the National Council of Churches to get the word out about how we’re responding to the tragedy in Newtown. Please see a message from the transitional General Secretary of the National Council of Churches below. ~Shantha

Dear Friends in Faith,

I have been inspired by the great outpouring of support and compassion I have seen in the faith community’s response to the devastating shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. From prayer vigils to pastoral care resources, and from moving sermons to the many, many prayers for the families and community in Newtown – the outpouring of God’s love to this community through God’s people has been hope fulfilled.

If you would like to access a sampling of the response, click here to see prayers and click here to see actions.

I hope that you will join me not only in continued prayer but also in raising a faithful witness against this and other forms of violence. No nation or community should witness the suffering of such innocents. The National Council of Churches will be participating in several activities over the next few weeks and I invite you to join us.

* Ring Church Bells on Friday morning to Honor Newtown – NCC associated congregations across the United States plan to ring church bells on Friday morning to mark one week’s passing since the shooting tragedy transpired.
* Interfaith Press Conference on Gun Violence: On Friday, December 21, representatives from Jewish and Christian organizations will come together in Washington, DC to call on President Obama to address gun violence. Click here for the news release.
* Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath: On January 6, congregations around the country are being asked to offer sermons, prayers, or education forums against gun violence. Click here to register your congregation and receive a free, downloadable toolkit.
* Call-in Day Against Gun Violence: The interfaith community will join together in early January to host a call-in day to legislators, urging them to address gun violence. Click here to sign up to receive information about this important advocacy action.

We will be convening staff from our member communions shortly after the holidays to discern additional ways that we, as the body of the National Council of Churches, can work together to prevent gun violence and other long term systemic issues of justice and peace.


Peg Birk

Transitional General Secretary, National Council of Churches


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